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Cities across the Rio Grande Valley are preparing for spooky season with festivals full of scary good activities.

While the weather outside is anything but frightful or delightful, there are certainly places to go (see what we did there?) in the month of October.

From a haunted hotel to a pumpkin patch to terror at the stock showgrounds, here’s all you need to know to scare up a little fun.

Families search for the perfect pumpkin in the pumpkin patch Saturday during the Christian Vaquero Kids Day event at the Los Fresnos Rodeo Grounds. (Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald)


For those looking for a perfect fall-themed photo with family and friends, you can visit Maddie’s Pumpkin Patch in McAllen.

The pumpkin patch, which is located at 6712 N. Bentsen Road in McAllen, is open Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Attendees can not only wander through the autumn-inspired photo ops but can also participate in barrel rides, pet various animals and walk through trails. The pumpkin patch also includes a playground.

The entry fee is $10 while children 2 years and younger enter for free.

Those in the Edinburg area can also visit the Coronado Farms Pumpkin Patch which is open from Sept. 29 through Nov. 7.

The pumpkin patch, which is located at 22866 N. Moorefield Road in Edinburg, opens at 4 p.m. every day.

For all sports fans out there, no need to worry about missing a game when your family wants to visit the pumpkin patch because every Monday, Thursday and Sunday the NFL games will be displayed on the big screen.

Beer is also available for those over 21.

The Hacienda La Hortencia Pumpkin Patch is also up and running and opens from 4 to 9 p.m. The pumpkin patch, which will be open from Sept. 23 to Oct. 6, is located at 1208 E. Saint Jude Ave. in Alton.

Those who visit the pumpkin patch can pet and feed the animals on the farm, enjoy hayrides, practice bull roping, make s’mores and participate in other activities.

The entry fee is $10 per person with certain activities including an extra fee.

Pumpkins are also available for sale while supplies last.

Patron Amanda Clark carries glasses of Tlacuaches Rokiando Cuh at the 5X5 Brewing Co. on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, in Mission. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])


The 5X5 Brewing Co. will be hosting its annual Oktoberfest — the largest Oktoberfest in South Texas.

The two-weekend event will be held Sept. 30 from 2 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Oct. 7 from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the brewery located at 801 Bryan Road Ste. 174 in Mission.

This year the brewery will be teaming up with Schneider’s Biergarten for the first time ever to bring a more authentic Oktoberfest experience.

The free event will also feature over 40 vendors, games, competitions, music, German food and their award-winning Oktoberfest brews.

OCT. 5-NOV. 1

Here is something a little more scary, or should we say haunted.

For those of you who have always wanted to be part of a scary movie or be part of the Scooby Doo gang, here’s your chance.

Pre-sale tickets are available to explore the Valley’s very own haunted hotel located at 125 W. Fifth St. in San Juan. Attendees will be able to tour the facility any day from Oct. 5 through Nov. 1 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Tickets can be purchased online at

OCT. 13

This Edinburg Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a Senior Halloween event where attendees will be able to participate in costume contests, create Halloween-themed arts and crafts and try their hand at Loteria.

The inaugural event will be held Friday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the “El Tule” Jose Nieto and Consuelo Alfaro Robledo Center, located at 700 S. Veterans Blvd. in Edinburg.

San Benito is also getting in on the Friday the 13th fun, with an event appropriately called Trail the 13th set from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the W.H. Heavin Memorial Park.

This is the site of the resaca trail in town, where there will be candy and fun thanks to the office of Cameron County Constable Precinct 3 together with the city.

Attendees are encouraged to come in costume.

Call (956) 361-8228 for more details.

OCT. 14 

The University Drafthouse will be hosting a Beer Fest where attendees can enjoy food, live music and of course beer from around the world. 

The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 14 from 6:30 to about 11:30 p.m. at the Edinburg Food Truck Park, located at 201 N. Seventh Ave. in Edinburg.

Tickets can be purchased online at

OCT. 20

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Symphony Orchestra will bring the 1931 horror movie “Frankenstein” to the big screen featuring a new and “thrilling” musical score.

The film will be featured at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at the UTRGV Performing Arts Complex, located at 1201 W. University Drive in Edinburg. Doors to the auditorium will open at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $6 and can be purchased online at

Ivy Levan, from top left, Staz Nair, Annaleigh Ashford, Ben Vereen, Christina Milian, Reeve Carney, and Tim Curry, from bottom left, Ryan McCarten, Victoria Justice, executive producer Lou Adler, executive producer/director/choreographer Kenny Ortega, and executive producer Gail Berman participate in the panel for “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” during the Fox Television Critics Association summer press tour on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Richard Shotwell | Invision | AP)

OCT. 22

For all musical fans out there, here’s your opportunity to watch a classic.

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is coming to Hidalgo for its 48th anniversary spectacular tour where audiences will get a chance to meet Barry Bostwick, who played the original Brad Majors.

Audiences can watch the show at 7 p.m. on Oct. 22 at the Payne Arena, located at 2600 N. 10th St. in Hidalgo.

The show will feature the original unedited movie with a live shadow cast. Audiences are encouraged to participate in the costume contest and meet and greets as well as view the memorabilia on display.

Tickets can be purchased at

OCT. 25

The Rio Grande Valley College will be hosting its sixth annual trunk or treat to celebrate the Halloween season.

The event will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at the RGV College, located at 5419 N. Cage Blvd. in Pharr.

The free event will feature food, games, candy, music and a haunted house.

A scary spectacle is on display in the Terror on Texas Avenue haunted house at the livestock show grounds Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022, in Mercedes. (Joel Martinez |
A scary spectacle is on display in the Terror on Texas Avenue haunted house at the livestock show grounds Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022, in Mercedes. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])

OCT. 26

The Cameron County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a Trick or Treat event where attendees can enjoy food, games, music, drinks and prizes. 

The free event will take place Thursday, Oct. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bass Pro Shops located at 101 Bass Pro Drive in Harlingen. 

Families with special needs children or disabilities will be let into the event an hour early.

The city of Edinburg Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting its 24th annual Halloween Fall Festival that takes on a Trunk-or-Treat event style.

The festival will take place Thursday, Oct. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Edinburg Municipal Park located at 714 S. Raul Longoria Road.

Throughout the free event attendees can enjoy various games, hay rides, a petting zoo, browse the food vendors along as well as collect candy. 

The city is encouraging residents to attend the event in their favorite Halloween costumes and participate in the costume contest for a chance to win a trophy. The contest will be divided by age.

OCT. 26-29

The Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show and Rodeo will be hosting its third annual Terror on Texas Avenue, a four-day event that will feature its haunted house.

The event will kick off Thursday, Oct. 26 and run until Sunday, Oct. 29 at the showgrounds, located at 1000 N. Texas Ave. in Mercedes.

This year’s festival will feature carnival rides, an arachnophobia experience, a pumpkin patch, a scarecrow row, hayrides, a play area for kids and shopping boutiques.

Attendees can also participate in this year’s costume contests that will be held Saturday, Oct. 28.

Those who want a good scare can visit the haunted house from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Tickets on Friday and Saturday are free for children 2 and younger, $5 for those 3 to 12 years old and $10 for those 13 and older.

The carnival’s all-you-can-ride bracelets are priced at $15 on Thursday and $25 on Friday through Sunday.

OCT. 27

The Brownsville Police Department will be hosting its 17th annual Spooktacular Halloween Bash. 

The bash will kick off Friday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Brownsville Sports Park, located at 1000 Sports Park Blvd. 

Throughout the event, attendees can celebrate the holiday by dressing up in their favorite Halloween costume and competing in a costume contest, games, trick-or-treat surprises and food.

OCT. 28

The Brownsville Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting their spooktacular Park After Dark event where attendees can enjoy various Halloween-themed activities.

The event will run from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Dean Porter Park, located at 501 E. Ringgold St. in Brownsville.

The scary fun event will feature trunk or treat activities, vendors, games, candy, costume contests and other festivities.

The free event will also feature a rated PG movie in the pumpkin patch that will begin after sunset.

The Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets are getting in on the spooky action Saturday, Oct. 28, with its Halloween Bash, where children are asked to come in costume “to haunt” the outlets while hunting for candy from retailers. 

Of course, there will also be music and other fun activities, not to mention free snow cones and a balloon artist as well as face painting and a photo booth.

The first 100 kids will also get a bag of goodies and treats.

The event will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. near the exterior food court at the outlets, located at 5001 E. Expressway 83 in Mercedes.

OCT. 30

Scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, nonprofit organization Angels of Love will be holding Canastas de Corazón Operation Trick or Treat, where candy, costume contests and plenty other fun will be available for attendees.

Held at the Pollos Asados La Cabana parking lot, located at 3502 S. Closner Blvd. in Edinburg, the event will also feature local agencies sharing information about their services.

The event is also accepting costumes and candy as donations. It will be open to the public and to families of domestic violence survivors, according to a news release.

To confirm attendance, call Angels of Love at (956) 972-0685.

Angels of Love offers free services to victims of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking across Hidalgo County, the release stated.

OCT. 30-31

Boo at the Zoo is returning to Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville for its 32nd annual event Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 30 and 31.

Kids are welcome and encouraged to visit dressed in costumes as there will be candy throughout the zoo as well as games and other fun activities.

The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. and zoo members will be given free access at 5 p.m. with proof of membership.

OCT. 31

The city of Elsa is hosting a Halloween Festival on Tuesday, Oct. 31 where guests can enjoy moon jumps, hayrides, trunk or treat and participate in a costume contest and games.

The event will kick off at 6 p.m. and run until 9 p.m. at The Garden at Pacific Trails, located at 315 E. VFW Ave. in Elsa.

Attendees can also enjoy live music performances and a pumpkin patch that makes for great holiday pictures.

Those looking for a good scare this Halloween will be delighted to know that a haunted house will open from Saturday, Oct. 21 until Halloween day. The haunted house will be open from 6 to 9 p.m.

Pre-sale tickets are currently available until Oct. 30 at the Elsa City Hall, located 102 S. Diana St. During the presale, tickets will be priced at $5 per person while on-site tickets will be $8 per person.

Editor’s note: This story is being updated periodically to include new events as they’re announced.